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Old 07-11-2010, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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any suggestions on how to feed my kids vit C? they eat *a little* of it (when it's smeared on the chicken), but i really don't know how to give them the suggested dose. it's liquid.
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know if this would work, but what about putting a couple drops in their water dishs?
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Why are you feeding Vitamin C?
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Why are you feeding Vitamin C?
the vet said it prevents the loss of teeth. she's actually experienced w/hedgies.
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wow...i've never heard that...that's interesting...thanks
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I've never heard that either. I agree, it's interesting.
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Oh dear. Your vet is confused about species.

Hedgehogs, like most mammals, make their own Vitamin C and do not need supplementation. Humans, bats, guinea pigs, apes and some birds do not so they need either fruit in their diet or supplementation. Vitamin C is given to some rodent species to help with the assimilation of calcium to assist in tooth production since rodent teeth grow continuously but hedgehogs are not rodents. So there is little need to supplement Vit C in hedgehogs.

That being said, it is a water soluable vitamin and any excess will be excreted in the urine. Vitamin C cannot be given in water because it is rendered inert after a few minutes exposure to sunlight.
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Thanks Hedgemom. I guess that's why we've never heard of it.
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dr horton said it's her personal finding about the effect of vit c on teeth. she said it came from her observations of hedgies over the years. so i really, really doubt it's possible to confuse species by observing it for many years. that'd be a major feat. just sayin'.
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After over 16 years experience with hedgehogs, I can count on one hand the vets who have a large enough hedgehog clientele to be able to base something on their observations.

There is no way to predict which hedgehog will have dental issues and which ones won't. Even between litters you can have some with issues and some without.

In order to make such a statement, one would have to have a controlled group of hedgehogs on an identical diet with identical bloodlines and part would get Vitamin S supplemented and part wouldn't. One would have to document the instances of dental disease for several generations while eliminating anything that isn't similar in each protocol.

Anecdata is fine in it's place but it doesn't replace real scientific study. I've had more hedgehogs through here than your vet will ever see and I can categorically state that Vitamin C is unnecessary if the animal is fed a quality diet with good variety. Supplementation is required at times of ill health and stress and that's different.

That said, supplementing C won't hurt but I sure as heck wouldn't stress a new hedgehog trying to do it.
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